Miramax Films has signed a first-look deal with Ealing Studios and its sister company Fragile Films for all film and TV projects made under their banner.
Deal covers all English-speaking territories.
Miramax recently co-financed Fragile’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by Oliver Parker, which was the first movie to go out under the Ealing label in over 40 years.
Fragile partners Barnaby Thompson and Uri Fruchtmann are co-owners of Ealing, and are looking to merge the two entities within the next few months.
“We are very excited about playing a role in the revival of the Ealing Studio banner — which highlights our continuing love affair with British films and European film business,” says Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.
Thompson comments, “We’ve had a great experience working with Harvey and his team at Miramax, and we look forward taking it into the future. He has been a great friend of British cinema.”
Projects currently in development at Fragile include Parker’s “Fade to Black,” about the misadventures of the young Orson Welles in Rome; and pub quiz comedy “Nice Easy One.”
Fragile is currently completing “Hope Springs” (aka “New Cardiff”) for Buena Vista Intl. and is still developing Irish romantic comedy “100% Cool” with BVI.